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The Philadelphia Phillies have traded Howie Kendrick to the Washington Nationals, in exchange for minor league lefthanded pitcher McKenzie Mills via Ken Rosenthal.
The Phillies will also be sending the Nationals money in the deal, that will cover most of the rest of Kendrick’s contract. The Nationals are also shipping over to the Phils’ International Amateur signing bonus pool space.
Kendrick has had troubles staying on the field this season with injuries, but when he’s been healthy, he’s been actually pretty good. He’s only played 39 games this season, but he’s batting .340 with a .397 OBP. Howie is a natural second baseman, but has played mostly left field the past two seasons. He can also play first base. He has a career .290 batting average. He’s 34 years old and is a free agent after this season.
Mills is the 18th ranked prospect in the Nats’ organization, according to MLB.com’s Prospect Watch. He was an All-Star in the South Atlantic League. He has 118 strikeouts in 104.2 innings, with an ERA of 3.01.
Initially, this seems like a good trade for both teams. Kendrick wasn’t in the Phillies future plans and they were able to get a young prospect for him. The Nationals are going all-in to win the World Series this year and Howie gives them good depth.